Standing Committees

NRB standing committees are established to advance the overall mission of NRB and to serve the unique interests of specific constituencies within the NRB family. Among the ways standing committees render valuable and helpful assistance to the NRB is by:

  • Developing educational and training opportunities made available through NRB Conventions and other venues.
  • Identifying and developing specific member benefits that will strengthen our members’ ability to fulfill their ministry purpose.
  • Evaluating industry developments, trends, and technologies that may impact our members’ ability to fulfill their mission.
  • Providing relevant news and information for inclusion in NRB communication devices to keep our members informed on important matters.

Get Involved

We welcome you to get involved in an NRB Committee, within your area of expertise, whether it be Radio, Television, Film, Digital Media, Church Media, International, or Intercollegiate. Our Communities are composed of Committees along with open Advisory Councils, in which all interested parties are encouraged to take part.

As you participate in an NRB Advisory Council, you’ll provide action-oriented input on:

  • NRB Convention educational sessions
  • Your industry’s reception at the NRB Convention
  • NRB print and electronic communications
  • NRB Media Awards categories and criteria
  • NRB research initiatives
  • NRB membership benefits

Plus, you and your organization will benefit by:

  • Interacting with gifted people in your industry
  • Networking with a wide cross-section within Christian media
  • Developing new leadership skills through growth opportunities
  • The opportunity to give input on how NRB can serve your industry

If you’re interested in learning more, email membership@nrb.org or click here to contact us.

Current Standing Committee Members

Church Media Committee

Chairman
Joshua Weiss, Abundant Life Assembly of God

Joshua D. Weiss has nearly 20 years of experience and serves as general manager of IBN Television, an international television platform with over 50 broadcast stations, satellite, and streaming apps. He is producer of CrossTalk International, Today With God and Wize Flix television programs. He serves as associate pastor at Abundant Life AG in Grand Prairie, TX, where he and his wife, Nancy, lead worship and are responsible for all media. Joshua teaches Church Media at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He has a masters in strategic communications and is working on his Ph.D. in communications at Regent University.

Members
Carl Barnhill, twelve:thirty media
Darrell Law, Infinity Concepts, LLC
Josh Miller, MSGPR Ltd Co.
Andy Stevens, North Greenville University

Digital Media Committee

Chairman
Doug Weiss, Giving Company

Doug Weiss has worked in marketing and communications for ministries and non-profits for the past 20 years.  He currently manages digital marketing for Giving Company, a global faith and family media network made up of iDisciple, Christian Cinema, Family Christian and Dove.org.  He and his wife Karen live in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Members
Yvonne Carlson, Moody Media
Sandy Ellingson, Local Church Connection
Diego Hernandez, Salem Web Network
Josh Kashorek, Five Q
George Konetes, Infinity Concepts, LLC
Sam Rinearson, Bott Radio Network
Bryan VanHaitsma, Revive Our Hearts
Ron Weber, Trinet Internet Solutions, Inc.

Film Committee

Chairman
Robert Baehr, Movieguide®

In his role at Movieguide® Robert’s achievements to date include: releasing a top 50 iPhone app; building the website to be a top faith and family destination and the number one in its market; taking the radio program from under a million to over 21 million monthly listeners; and serving as executive producer for the nationally broadcast Movieguide® Awards. As senior partner for Worth Awareness Marketing he does regular film consultations with top studios and film production companies such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company. He previously worked for Motive Marketing (The Passion of the Christ and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) as a liaison to the religious community, and with Disney National Promotions Group marketing Pirates of the Caribbean and Enchanted.

Members
Ted Baehr, Movieguide
Evy Carrol, Movieguide
Jared Geesey, International Christian Visual Media
Paul Sirmons
Bill Stevens, Christian Hit Radio Inc.

Intercollegiate Committee

Chairman
Shur Gopal, North Greenville University

Shur Gopal has been teaching media technologies, film and video production at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina for over 15 years where he developed the video and film program of the Mass Communication department (almost from the ground up.) Shur brings with him over three decades of in-the-field media experience. As a Principal Consultant, Shur  has launched five satellite television stations, from concept to launch – four in India and one in Malaysia. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in Communication Technology during 1988-89. Shur is a strong believer of networking and building contacts.

Members
Kornel Gerstner, Liberty University
Elizabeth Christian, Louisiana College
Michael Freeman, Lancaster Bible College
Christy Jung, Hannibal LaGrange University
Randall King, North Greenville University
Susan Pahlau, Colorado Christian University
Joseph Rinehart, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Sharyn Robertson, Bob Jones University
Andrew Stevens, North Greenville University
Jeff Young, Louisiana College
Christopher Zydowicz, Bob Jones University

International Committee

Chairman
Tim Whitehead, Galcom International Inc. Canada

Rev. Tim Whitehead, is the Executive Director of Galcom International Inc. Canada partnering with pastors and missionaries in remote areas of the world installing radio stations so they can expand their reach and manufacturing and distributing solar powered radios and audio Bibles so they can multiply their impact. Tim is the host of the weekly Impact Radio program interviewing missionaries from around the world and encouraging the church in NA to get involved in the Great Commission. Tim is a CPA and served for 10 years at Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. before joining Galcom. Tim, his wife Melody and their 5 children are active in their church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Members
Jeffrey P. Anderson, Jeffrey P. Anderson & Associates
Dave Young, Blount Communications Group
Luisa Collopy, Guidelines International Ministries
Ashvin Dhyriam, Good News Television
Arnold Enns, COICOM
Stan Jeter, ComunicadoresUSA
Roger Lonnquist, Your Network of Praise
Storly Michel, Radio 4VEH, The Evangelistic Voice of Haiti
Wayne Pederson, FEBC
Chuck Pollak, Sharing International
Bonnie Sala, Guidelines International

Music License Committee

Co-Chairman
Bill Blount, Blount Communications Group

Bill Blount is President of Blount Communications Group, a Christian radio network of seven stations located throughout New England, which he and his wife, Deborah, founded more than 39 years ago. He previously served as Chairman of the NRB Board. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the International, Membership, Ethics, Nominating, Awards, Public Policy, and Resolutions Committees, as well as a member of the NRB Music Licensing Committee. He has traveled extensively, partnering with international ministries such as TWR, HCJB, FEBC, The Bible League, Compassion International, and Gospel for Asia. For recreation, Bill enjoys motorcycles, snowmobiles, scuba diving, and hunting. He and Deborah live by a lake in a small New Hampshire town.

Co-Chairman
Russ Hauth, Salem Media Group

 Mr. Hauth has served as a Senior Vice President with Salem Media Group since 1998.  Prior to 1998, Mr. Hauth was principle of Hauth Associates, a consulting firm serving radio broadcasters. From 1987 to 2017, Mr. Hauth served as Executive Director of the National Religious Broadcasters’ Music License Committee (NRBMLC), which he presently co-chairs with Bill Blount. Several milestones occurred during Mr. Hauth’s Committee tenure: NRBMLC was the first radio committee to successfully litigate an ASCAP Rate Court proceeding; subsequent to this, both ASCAP and BMI agreed to more reasonable licenses for Christian Talk-formatted stations; those landmark agreements opened the door to achieve numerous favorable commercial and noncommercial broadcast/streaming PRO agreements; engagement in several NRBMLC and NRBNMLC royalty proceedings with SoundExchange before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB).

Radio Committee

Chairman
Jennifer Hayden Epperson, Kinship Radio Network

Jennifer Epperson serves as Kinship Radio Network’s Executive Director. Based in Mankato, Minnesota, Kinship Radio operates twenty-two signals in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Previously, she was Moody Radio’s Director of Research and Learning and has been station manager of Moody Radio’s WRMB-89.3 FM, Boynton, Beach, FL as well as Blount Communication’s WFIF-1500 AM, Milford, CT. Jennifer has worked and taught in international contexts and spent five years as the Executive Producer of TWR’s Women of Hope radio program. In 2012, she completed a doctorate in organizational leadership and has taught leadership and radio on the university level. Jennifer released her first book, The Pioneer’s Way: Leading a Trailblazing Life that Builds Meaning for Your Family, Your Community, and You in October 2020. As a Rhode Island native, one of her greatest accomplishments is speaking with a Midwestern American accent, but she has been known to “pahk the cah” and drink ‘cawfee” every now and again.

 Members
Joshua Blount, Blount Communications Group
Colleen Dick, WWIP-FM
Tracy Figley, Strong Tower Christian Media WEEC & WFCJ
Chuck Finney, Finney Media
Eben Fowler, Bott Radio Network
Sharon Geiger, 90.9 KCBI-FM
Chris Kinsel, KCBI-FM
Ross McCampbell, WBCL-FM
Michael Shelley, NewLife Radio
John Summerville, TWR
Sandra Swann, WFAX-AM/FM

Television Committee

Chairman
Tore Stautland, TMG Inc.

Tore Stautland is a seasoned executive and innovator with over 25 years of experience in Christian market strategy in over 30 countries.  Founder and CEO of The Trillennium Media Group Inc., which operates a full production studio and manages Christian programming on three national television networks. 

Members
Perry Atkinson, KDOV Radio & TV
Greg Bogdan , Total Living International
Raymond T. W. Cradock, KSCE Channel 38 Christian Television
Mark Dreistadt, Infinity Concepts LLC
Rod Hembree, Bible Discovery
Lee Miller, MSGPR Ltd Co.
Jeff Millslagle, WLMB 40 Toledo
Gawdat Mtrious, TV Visjon Norge
Dorthy Spaulding, WATC-TV
Warren Trumbly, KSCZ
Gregory West, WATC-TV